Nov 052014

Frostie Root Beer Bottle This was part of a mail order variety pack that I got the summer after my mission. It’s one of the more common brands of gourmet root beer out there, but is not sold much on the West Coast. Frostie has been around since 1939, and actually been continuously sold since then, unlike many brands which are being revived these days and tack a “Since 19” It was also first bottled in an abandoned jail house in Maryland … there’s a joke in there somewhere, I know it, but I’m just not familiar enough with the area to make it. The name and label confuse me. It almost seems like they’re going for a Christmas theme, like Frostie the Snow Man, and the picture on the label is of some Santa wannabe. There’s snow as well and a frosty mug of root beer. They’re just oozing with Christmas iconography but they leave it at that, making you wonder if it’s just some happy festive coincidence. Oh well, as far as I’m concerned it’s the Christmas Root Beer until someone says otherwise, or makes a more Christmasy brew.

The Body is good, but has a strange, unplaceable flavor surfacing after the initial contact. There is a good Bite. The Head good as well. The Aftertaste is that same strange flavor, which isn’t gross, but just doesn’t belong.

Not bad, not bad at all. If it were not for this aforementioned flavor, Frostie would’ve rated higher. However, that flavor is there and it really drags it down. It’s still drinkable. Mixing it with food, or with a scoop of ice cream in a float, would probably hide that strange flavor. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

  One Response to “Frostie Root Beer”

  1. I agree. I bought a couple of these at BevMo while stocking-up on my beloved Hanks. I found Frostie to be weak with almost a “diet” quality about it. Good bite and just the right amount of carbonation but there was no body, no substance to it. Entirely forgettable. I’d go 1.5 barrels, maybe two maximum.

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